Weekly Top Airplay: April 14, 2015

WMSE’s program hosts constantly search through the latest releases, and feature the best in all genres on their weekly shows. At WMSE, there is no Program Director creating daily playlists, so what you hear is a reflection of the knowledge, interests, and personalities of our dedicated on-air staff.

The albums on the weekly Top Airplay list reflect the diverse interests of our staff, and the range of what is considered “alternative”. As a quick genre guide: Radio 200 = mostly pop and rock and some crossover genres like electronic, soul, hip hop and world, Adds = top brand new releases for the week,  RPM = electronic, New World = world, Jazz = well…jazz! Blues is reported and updated monthly, so check back every four weeks for the latest news on those blues. Take a look through the past weeks’ lists and notice just how much things change week to week here at WMSE. You’ll never hear us get very stagnant.

As a result of our long history and the knowledge of our volunteer DJ’s, WMSE is considered a “Core 50″ station by the College Music Journal (CMJ), the industry standard for what’s happening in non-commercial radio. This means WMSE is one of fifty stations in the country whose play lists matters most when CMJ creates their own weekly charts of what’s being played around the country.

Our Music Director, Erin, compiles the most-played albums every week, reports those albums to CMJ each Tuesday (as well as the top blues alums at the end of each month) and makes those lists available to you, our listeners. Take a look at what our DJ’s are excited about these days in six different categories, and get a sense of what you’ll be hearing when you tune in to WMSE…for now.

Listings printed as: Artist, Title, Label
* = local

Date Reported: 4/14/15
Listed As: artist, title, label


Radio 200

1. Platinum Boys, Future Hits, Dusty Medical*
2. King Khan and BBQ Show, Bad News Boys In the Red
3. Moon Duo, Shadows of the Sun, Sacred Bones
4. Toro Y Moi, What For?, Carpark
5. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015, Mom + Pop
6. Waxahatchee, Ivy Tripp, Merge
7. Screaming Females, Rose Mountain, Don Giovanni
8. A Place to Bury Strangers, Transfixiation, Dead Oceans
9. Ty Segall Band, Live In San Francisco, Castle Face
10. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, Mom + Pop
11. Reptar, Lurid Glow, Joyful Noise
12. Sharon Van Etten, I Don’t Want to Let You Down, Jagjaguwar
13. Slow Walker, Slow Walker, Stale Heat*
14. Wand, Golem, In the Red
15. Jose Gonzalez, Vestiges and Claws, Mute
16. Canopies, Maximize Your Faith, Forged Artifacts*
17. Swervedriver, I Wasn’t born to Lose You, Cobraside
18. Disappears, Irreal, Kranky
19. Ryley Walker, Primrose Green, Dead Oceans
20. Petite Noir, King of Anxiety EP, Domino
21. Gauss, Gauss EP, self-released*
22. Will Butler, Policy, Merge
23. Laura Marling, Short Movie, Ribbon Music
24. Field Report, Home (Leave the Lights On) b/w Speed Of Sound of Loneliness [Record Store Day release], WMSE*
25. Hot Chip, “Huarache Lights” single, Domino
26. Christopher Paul Stelling, “Warm Enemy” single, Anti-
27. Turbo Fruits, no Control, Thirty Tigers
28. Glen Hansard, It Was Triumph We Once Proposed…Songs of Jason Molina, Overcoat
29. Pokey LaFarge, Something In the Water, Rounder
30. Dan Deacon, Gliss Riffer, Domino


1. Young Fathers, White Men Are Black Men Too, Big Dada
2. Mavis Staples, Your Good Fortune, Anti-
3. Suuns + Jerusalem In My Heart, s/t, Secretly Canadian
4. Calexico, Edge of the Sun, Anti-
5. Eels, Live at Royal Albert Hall, E-Works


1. Hot Chip, “Huarache Lights” single, Domino
2. Dan Deacon, Gliss Riffer, Domino
3. Purity Ring, Another Eternity, 4AD
4. Fort Romeau, Insides, Ghostly
5. Twin Shadow, Eclipse, Warner Brothers
6. East India youth, Culture of Volume, XL
7. Michna, Thousand Thursday, Ghostly
8. Thomas Blondet, Future World remixed, Rhythm and Culture
9. Mark Ronson, Uptown Special, RCA
10. Shlohmo, Dark Red, True Panther Sounds

New World

1. Dom La Nena, Soyo, Six Degrees
2. Tartu Popi ja Roki Instituut, Biedermeier-Psychedelia, Minty Fresh
3. Chuck Foster, Easy Street, Catch Me Time Records
4. Dengue Fever, The Deepest Lake, Tuk Tuk
5. Francis Bebey, Psychedelic Sanza 1982 – 1984, Born Bad
6. Quitapenas, Quitapenas, White Iris
7. Antonio Castrignano, Fomenta: llenu De Taranta, Ponderosa
8. Various Artists, Choubi! Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds From Iraq, Sublime Frequencies
9. Le Vent Du Nord, Tetu, Borealis
10. Corktown Popes, And Also With You EP, self-released


1. Oboman, Begin the Night, Ad Lib
2. Mario Cruz, A View From the Mind’s Eye, Armored
3. Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas, Soundprints: Live at Monterey Jazz Festival, Blue Note
4. Rongetz Foundation, Kiss Kiss Double Jab, Heavenly Sweetness
5. Glen Ackerman, Glenious Alien Landscape, Blue Bamboo
6. Silk Sound, Sun Gate: Live, Silk Screen
7. Troy Roberts, Secret Rhymes, Inner Circle
8. Renaud Penant Trio, I Want to Be Happy, ITI
9. Paul Dietrich Quintet, We Always Get There, Blujazz
10. Barney McClure, Show Me!, oa2

Blues (updated monthly)

1. JD McPherson, Let the Good Times Roll, Rounder
2. Toots Lorraine & the Traffic, Make It Easy, Greaseland Records
3. The Young Revelators, The Young Revelators, self-released*
4. The Blues Disciples, Big Beat, Land o’ Blues*
5. Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, So Delicious!, Shanachie
6. Steve Earle and the Dukes, Terraplane, New West
7. JJ Grey & Mofro, Ol’ Glory, Provogue
8. Shaun Murphy, Loretta, self-released
9. Robben Ford, Into the Sun, Provogue
10. Bettye LaVette, Worthy, Cherry Red
11. Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Unclassified, Warner
12. Pokey LaFarge, Something In the Water, Rounder
13. Jerry Lee Lewis, Rock and Roll Time, Vanguard
14. Tinsley Ellis, Tough Love, Heartfixer
15. Balkun Brothers, Redrova, self-released
16. Junior Wells, Southside Blues Jam, Delmark
17. Altered Five Blues Band, Cryin’ Mercy, Omnivibe
18. Duke Robillard Band, Calling All Blues!, Stony Plain
19. Breezy Rodio, So Close To It, WindChill Records
20. Bobby Spencer, Huricane Unleashed, R Music
21. Greg Nagy, Stranded, Big O
22. Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines, Friskin’ the Whiskers, Mama Ru
23. Isaiah B Brunt, Just the Way That It Goes, self-released
24. Harrison Kennedy, This Is From Here, Electro-Fi
25. Ghost Town Blues Band, Hard Road to Hoe, self-released